Parks Maintenance includes Parks, Riverfront Maintenance, Cemeteries, and Rivers/Roads/Rights-of-Way.
There are 59 City parks, 2 neighborhood entryways, and 3 City cemeteries maintained by this division. This area of responsibility includes 1,110 acres of City parks, of which 600 is mowed. Staff constructs new playgrounds and maintains existing structures in City parks. In addition to assisting Public Service Division with Snow and Ice Control on City streets, Parks Maintenance employees also remove snow and ice from 225,000 lineal feet of sidewalk, trails, and park roadways. Staff propagates, plants, and maintains plant material at numerous locations including Anderson Dance Pavilion and the Rose Garden. Employees maintain 400 acres of river dike land along with the operation and maintenance of floodgates. In addition, crews remove dead trees in the rights-of-way and administer the tree trimming program. Maintenance of the 3 City cemeteries (Graceland, Logan, and Floyd) encompasses 226 acres. Memorial programs are offered such as Avenue of Flags and wreaths for the holidays.
Staff is responsible for mowing, trimming, and maintaining City ROW along various City streets and City-owned property.
Staff maintains over 400 acres of river dikes along the Big Sioux and Floyd Rivers and Perry Creek. They also maintain and operate all floodgates and flood warning systems within the City limits.
Staff mows and maintains all areas of Chris Larsen Park, located along the Missouri River. Staff also propagates, plants, and maintains plant material at numerous locations including the Anderson Dance Pavilion in Chris Larsen Park and the Rose Garden/Bandshell in Grandview Park.
Staff is responsible for the removal of dead/diseased trees in the rights-of-way and administering the City-Wide Tree Trimming Program. Because of staff's efforts, the City of Sioux City has been named a Tree City USA for more than 20 years and repeatedly awarded the MidAmerican Energy Tree Grant.
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that kills ash trees. EAB has the potential to kill nearly all of the native ash trees in Iowa. It is estimated Iowa has 3.1 million ash trees in urban setting, while the woodlands are estimated at 52 million. EAB has been positively located on Henderson island in Allamakee county in 2010. EAB has since been confirmed in Cedar, Des Moines, and Jefferson Counties. To slow the spread of EAB, a 25 county quarantine buffer was put into place in 2013. On March 7, 2014, the entire state of Iowa was placed on a Federal quarantine.
City of Sioux City staff are preparing for the arrival of EAB by 1.) Inventorying street trees; 2.) Seeking funding for the prevention or removal of the EAB; 3.) Diversifying tree species within Sioux City so that no one species will compromise more than 10% of the tree population; and 4.) Support state educational efforts to stop the spread of EAB.